by Dave Miller
August 05, 02013
LSU head coach Les Miles has a very difficult decision to make regarding suspended running back Jeremy Hill, who received good news on Monday when his probation wasn't revoked and he was able to avoid jail time.
Hill, who has been on probation since 2012 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile, was caught on video punching a man outside of a bar in April. He had faced up to six months in jail.
But Miles, who was letting the legal system run its course before making a decision on his star running back, now could reinstate Hill to the team. He is expected to address the subject after practice later Monday.
It is important to keep in mind that Miles was not the one who suspended quarterback Jordan Jefferson when he found trouble in an off-the-field incident in 2011; the school leveled punishment on the Tigers' starter. So there is a chance that Miles will not suspend Hill for any games. If he does, it's hard to imagine it being more than a game or two. Of course, LSU's opener is against a tough TCU squad, although the Horned Frogs will be without some of their expected better defenders in that contest for a variety of reasons.
Despite the fact that the Tigers are deep at running back with Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue, Hill's ability to gain yards both inside and on the outside poses problems for opposing defenses. Because of his stamina and durability, he is a load to contend with as the game wears on, as South Carolina and Texas A&M found out in 2012.
It will also be interesting to see if Miles feels pressure from school administrators to sit Hill even with the good news that the running back received earlier Monday.